Partnered nations participate in Europe's largest training conference

May 21, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs


Keeping heroes active
U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling delivers opening remarks at the Combined Training Conference at the NATO school in Oberammergau Germany May 21.

OBERAMMERGAU, Germany -- U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling delivered opening remarks at the Combined Training Conference at the NATO school in Oberammergau Germany today. The conference, which was attended by representatives from more than 31 nations, allows participants an opportunity to combine resources and needs in order to maximize training opportunities across Europe. 

The conference is primarily focused on support to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan but is also looking beyond that mission to discover other training scenarios and events that participant nations will find beneficial for future missions.

“Just take a look around,” said Hertling shortly after delivering opening remarks.   “There are 31 countries here.   They’re going to be talking not only about their contributions to the International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan but also about other training events.   They’re going to continue the momentum we’ve generated by training together as allies over the past 8 years.

The four-day event lays out in 6-month increments training opportunities hosted by the nations in attendance.   If Germany is hosting combat medic training and Italy is looking to train more medics, together they can help each other while saving valuable training funds and resources.   At least that’s the way U.S. Army Europe’s Multi-National Training Division Deputy Director Greg Palmer sees it.

“This is the third iteration of an attempt by three organizations (U.S. Army Europe, U.S. European Command and NATO) to combine their efforts in scheduling and synchronizing all kinds of training throughout Europe for the benefit of ISAF and, in the future, any other operations we might have to face together.”


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